Netherlands - Country Commercial Guide
Aircraft and Parts

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-11-09


The Dutch market for aircraft parts and associated equipment can be broken down into two sectors:  commercial and military.  A large percentage of imported aircraft and associated equipment in the Netherlands originates from the United States.  Aircraft services and R&D are an important part of this sector. 

Aviation remains a growth sector due to its increasing economic relevance and importance to the Netherlands.  Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe’s second-best connected airport, the second-best hub for international travel worldwide, and it is among the top five busiest airports in Europe.  The airport authority expects further passenger and freight growth going forward and plans to open a new terminal in 2023.  

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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), is increasing in the Netherlands.  The Dutch government is developing regulations to classify and track UAVs.  Law enforcement and the military are seeking technologies that will counter hostile UAV-threats.


The Dutch established an aerospace innovation hub called Aviolanda to support and stimulate the national aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sector.  This initiative aims to develop the Netherlands as a premier location for state-of-the-art industrial maintenance, logistical processes, and repair in both civil and military aviation.  An ongoing project at Aviolanda is the Dutch Drone Center which is a public-private partnership primarily aimed at safe testing and demonstrating of drones within a controlled airspace.  This unique location provides professional drone developers and companies the opportunity to further develop their unmanned aerial systems and associated applications.  Demonstrations with drones for potential customers are also possible, both for certificated and non-certificated systems or companies.  The center also drives innovation and development in the fields of MRO; electronics; development production, and assembly of parts; training and education; certification; and logistics.

In 2017, a coalition of industrial parties, universities and public parties opened Drone Center Valkenburg for companies to test drones and drone applications.   According to the coalition, Valkenburg’s location is ideal because of its unique opportunity to test beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the pilot and also because of its centralized location near leading research institutes, universities, and airports.

The Dutch government is enacting legislation that will create an enabling environment for the Dutch UAV industry, and is looking for innovation and development in the fields of drone technology and MRO, including electronics, assembly, development and production of parts, training and education, certification, logistics, and knowledge dissemination.  Dutch stakeholders are looking to expand their drone usage in fields such as agriculture, security, firefighting, city planning, and package delivery.


Market Analyses: Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2020


Trade Events:  Amsterdam Drone Week

January 18-20, 2022 | Amsterdam RAI

International conference and exhibition.


Associations: Dutch Association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (DARPAS)

The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)

The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association (NIDV)Contact:                           

Natasha Keylard, Senior Commercial Specialist                                              

U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands | +31 70 310 2279